Whatdoyathink? The Fate Of HBCUs

Posted: December 1, 2008 in Economy, Education, HBCU

From AJC.com

“The chairman of the state Senate Higher Education Committee told University System leaders they should consider merging two of the state’s three historically black colleges with nearby white-majority schools to save money.

With the state looking to cut spending up to 10 percent this year because of the economic slowdown, Senate Higher Education Chairman Seth Harp (R-Midland) suggested historically black college Savannah State University be merged with Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, and black college Albany State be merged with Darton College in Albany.

Harp said the separate schools were set up during a time when whites didn’t want to go to school with blacks and education was segregated in Georgia.” (more…)

The issue of possibly shutting down some HBCUs is not a new one nor is it exclusive to Georgia. This issue has sparked very heated debates in the past and based on the current state of state and local budgets, it is bound to surface again as a major issue. Sound off if you like.

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Comments
  1. DarkStar says:

    Close the white schools and pour the resources into HBCUs.

  2. J. Streete says:

    HBCU’s serve as a sacred gnomon to the African American Community. I transferred from the University of North Texas to Morehouse College in the Fall of ’07. Since studying at Morehouse I’ve had overwhelming opportunities and doors open to me that weren’t available at my BIG well funded State School.

    I’ve met incredible young men and women who are molding history while in pursuit of earning a degree. I’ve traveled the nation and have had paid internship opportunities at Fortune 500 companies. Most important, I feel a real connection to my history and I feel a duty to serve my community. How paramount is my history and future when Im walking down the same sidewalk that Dr. King, Dr. Mays, Dr. Walker, and many other great men sung and unsung stood upon at one time.

    I can go on and on… but I have business to attend to.
    P.S. Donate to an HBCU, it’s the best investment you can make in a poor or healthy economy.

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